Mayfield Skates To Daytona

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Jeremy Mayfield will be making his fourth start in the Budweiser Shootout this weekend at Daytona International Speedway driving a commemorative edition of his No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge.

Mayfield, who has collected two top 10s in the Budweiser Shootout - a fifth place finish in 1999 and a 10th place finish in 1997, will drive a NHL All-Star game paint scheme Saturday night.

"It's an honor that Dodge and the NHL asked me to be a part of this," said Mayfield. "I think it's neat for NASCAR, the NHL and everybody involved. I'm looking forward to it. I think we're going to have a great car. Hopefully we'll put on a good show for the fans and to have the NHL on the car will be extra special. Hopefully I won't have to ice skate because I'm not very good."

The car was created to spotlight the 2004 NHL All-Star Weekend taking place in St. Paul, Minn. at the Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 2-8.

Mayfield became eligible for the Budweiser Shootout after capturing the pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway last Aprilwith a speed of 186.488 miles per hour.

Valvoline's MaxLife to Sponsor Skinner in Shootout
MaxLife, the premium motor oil created by The Valvoline Company for cars with more than 75,000 miles, will be the primary sponsor on Mike Skinner's No. 10 Chevrolet in Saturday night’s Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

"It's fitting that for this special event, we showcase a special product," said James V. Rocco, Valvoline's senior vice president and designated NASCAR team owner. “We are telling consumers that, at 75,000 miles, it's time to switch to MaxLife. "We are proud to have Mike represent Valvoline Racing and MaxLife in this prestigious event that kicks off the 2004 season."

The Valvoline MaxLife Chevrolet will be crewed by the No. 10 team, led by crew chief Doug Randolph, who serves in the same capacity for rookie driver Scott Riggs in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Skinner earned the invitation to compete in the Budweiser Shootout for winning the pole last year at the fall race in Richmond while driving Valvoline Racing's teammate car - the No. 01 U.S. Army/MB2 entry.

This will be Skinner’s fifth appearance in the Budweiser Shootout. His best finish was fourth in 1999.


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